Air Force Academy


Environmental cleanup work remaining at the U.S. Air Force Academy is the long-term monitoring of two landfills.

Numerous investigations found groundwater was impacted, with the primary concern being metals contamination (arsenic, iron and manganese) in seep areas:

  • Old Landfill No. 1 (Site 6).
  • Old Landfill No. 2 (Site 7).
  • Asbestos in building demolition:
    • Pine Valley family housing.
    • Douglas Valley housing area.

Historic activities

  • A records search in 1984 identified 10 specific areas for further investigation, and three additional sites were added to the list as new information emerged.
    • Field investigations began at the academy in October 1987.
    • Results of the sampling and monitoring through 1996 led to closeout of the following sites:
      • JP-4 Fuel Release (Site 1).
      • Farish Dredge Material Disposal (Site 2).
      • Farish Landfill (Site 3).
      • Fire Training Area (Site 4).
      • Dredge Material Disposal (Site 5).
      • Sewage Sludge Disposal Area (Site 8).
      • Firing Range (Site 9).
      • Old Visitors Center (Site 10).
      • Civil Engineering Maintenance Yard Runoff Area (Site 11).
      • Drum Disposal Site (Site 12).
      • Golf Course Maintenance (Site 13).

Community involvement

  • The academy published the Community Relations Plan in May 1996, outlining public participation activities.
    • The plan included formation of the Environmental Cooperation Council, the main forum for involvement in academy environmental programs.
    • The council hasn’t met since August 2006.
  • Call Chief Civil Engineering/Environmental Flight at 719-472-4493 or the Office of Public Affairs at 719-472-2569 for more information about community involvement.

Administrative record and information repositories

Documents related to the environmental cleanup at the academy can be accessed at the following locations:


HMWMD records review

U.S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
USAF Academy Library
2354 Fairchild Drive, Suite 3A10
USAF Academy, CO 80840

Civil Engineering Building
8120 Edgerton Drive, Suite 40
USAF Academy, CO 80840

Public Affairs Office